Hometown Heroes of the Town of Queen Creek
Steven C. Cain is the commander of the Duane Ellsworth American Legion Post 129 in Queen Creek.

Veteran Achievement: Steven C. Cain is July’s Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Steven C. Cain may have retired from the military, but he continues to serve his fellow veterans and the Queen Creek community in any way he can. Cain is the commander of the Duane Ellsworth …
Dr. Robert Porter is June's Hometown Hero.

Emergency Responder: Dr. Robert Porter is June's Hometown Hero

Since the time he was a child growing up in a small New Jersey town near the Jersey shore, Dr. Robert Porter always wanted to be a physician. He worked hard to make his dream come true. Fulfilling …
Derek Zeigler is May's Hometown Hero

Veteran Achievement: Derek Zeigler is May's Hometown Hero

Queen Creek is on track to have its first veterans memorial by November 2023. Recently, the town council approved letting the Queen Creek Veterans Memorial Foundation build the memorial on a …
The Lifetime Achievement honor will be presented to Steve Sossaman, one of the founding fathers of modern Queen Creek.

Lifetime Achievement: Steve Sossaman is April's Hometown Hero

It’s not hyperbole to say that Steve Sossaman is one of the founding fathers of Queen Creek. With a group of other area leaders, particularly Mark Schnepf of Schnepf Farms, Sossaman helped …
John Rowan

Educator: John Rowan is March’s Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Calling John Rowan a popular teacher is an understatement. About 100 of his students at American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School at nominated him as a Hometown Hero. The mother of one …
Dr. Daryn McClure is February's Hometown Hero in Queen Creek.

Health Care: Dr. Daryn McClure is February's Hometown Hero

Dr. Daryn McClure knows about hard work and commitment to community. He currently serves as lead physician for the Banner Health Center on Ellsworth Loop Road. He’s also a third generation …
Eric Ehmann, community pastor for the Central Christian Church in Queen Creek.

Queen Creek Hometown Hero for January: Eric Ehmann, Spiritual Leader

This month’s Hometown Hero is Eric Ehmann, community pastor for the Central Christian Church in Queen Creek. For Ehmann, who began at Central Christian Church in 2016, church is more than a …
Thomas Jambor

Cheerleader: Thomas Jambor named December Queen Creek Hometown Hero

You would be hard-pressed to find a better cheerleader for Queen Creek than Thomas Jambor. Jambor has lived in the area even before it became Queen Creek. He looks back on those early years …
Michelle Goss owns and operates Spirit Mountain Healing Center, which is dedicated to using equine therapy to help people through myriad mental health issues.

Traiblazer: Michelle Goss named November Queen Creek hero

After experiencing the benefits personally, Michelle Goss has put her love for horses to work for the betterment of the community. Goss owns and operates Spirit Mountain Healing Center, which is …
The Queen Creek Independent is pleased to announce Ryan Calvert as the October 2021 Hometown Hero bestowed in the category of Volunteer.

Volunteer: Ryan Calvert Named October Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Recovering from a stroke has opened a whole new world for Ryan Calvert. As part of his rehabilitation, Calvert began volunteering at the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens, a local …

Leader of Tomorrow: Neeley Dopp named September Queen Creek Hometown Hero

The worldview of a typical young adult, some parents might say, is simultaneously expansive and very much centered on one’s individual goals, aspirations — and social calendar. But for …

Ralston named Hometown Hero for entrepreneurial spirit

Since his formidable years Queen Creek resident Jerome J. Ralston knew he wanted to be in business for himself. “I told my mom that I was going to be a businessman and she just …

Joe Kolnick named Queen Creek Hometown Hero for the month of July!

What do you get when you combine a soccer aficionado with proven servant leadership, deep respect for nature, and a desire to uplift and motivate children for the future betterment of society? The …

Mark Schnepf is June 2021 Queen Creek Hometown Hero for lifetime achievements

With such rapid growth in recent years, it is fitting to take a stroll through the history that has made this place we call Queen Creek. In doing that, one can see the indelible mark that Mark …

May Queen Creek Hometown Hero award goes to local son, Dr. Alexander Matheson

Queen Creek son Dr. Alexander Matheson has called the eastern Maricopa County residential enclave home long before the rural town was transformed into the bustling community it is today. But all …

James Skiotes named April Queen Creek Hometown Hero for tireless community service

In service to the armed forces and later unwavering support of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and beyond --- James M. Skiotes is in a class all his own. Working tirelessly to improve the lives of …

Queen Creek Performing Arts Director Molly Jacobs named March Hometown Hero

For countless American youngsters, the performing arts provide a respite from the pressures of school, parents, and, at times, just being a kid. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center --- under …

Elena Thurston named Queen Creek Hometown Hero for bringing Pride and Joy to community

In the 21st century, a part of modern America, everyone despite public perceptions around color, creed, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, deserves an advocate and a safe place to go. Based …

Erica Ballesteros named January Hometown Hero for transformational efforts in Queen Creek

When Queen Creek resident and entrepreneur Theresa Weinberg attended the Taking the Leap workshop at the Queen Creek Library last February the passion for innovation was infectious. But one …

Nick Hansen named December Queen Creek Hometown Hero for dedication to community

Nick Hansen, an educator, first responder and entrepreneur, is the December 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero bestowed in the “Emergency Responder” category for his dedication to protecting …

Surprise! Jerry Baca is named November’s Hometown Hero in the Town of Queen Creek

For half a century Queen Creek resident Jerry Baca has been an instrumental part of helping to guide young people to be the best version of themselves --- both on and off the field of …

Pastor Billy VanCamp named October 2020 Hometown Hero of Queen Creek

Pastor Billy VanCamp of the Town of Queen Creek is the October 2020 Hometown Hero bestowed in the category of spiritual leadership. “Pastor Billy lives a life much like those he serves. He …

Small sisters up to big things in the Town of Queen Creek

Independent Newsmedia and the East Valley Institute of Technology congratulate both Alyson and Elyzabeth --- 12-year-old twins who call the Town of Queen Creek home --- as they have been named …

Chris Knutsen named August 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero by Independent Newsmedia

The Superintendent of the Florence Unified School District, Chris Knutsen, has been named the August 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero by Independent Newsmedia. Mr. Knutson was nominated by Jeanine …

Adam NeVille is first-ever Queen Creek Hometown Hero!

For more than 15 years Queen Creek resident Adam NeVille has been an integral part of the growth and development of local youngsters in his role as president of the San Tan Youth Football …
Dr. Robert Porter is June's Hometown Hero.

Emergency Responder: Dr. Robert Porter is June's Hometown Hero

Since the time he was a child growing up in a small New Jersey town near the Jersey shore, Dr. Robert Porter always wanted to be a physician. He worked hard to make his dream come true. Fulfilling …
Derek Zeigler is May's Hometown Hero

Veteran Achievement: Derek Zeigler is May's Hometown Hero

Queen Creek is on track to have its first veterans memorial by November 2023. Recently, the town council approved letting the Queen Creek Veterans Memorial Foundation build the memorial on a …
The Lifetime Achievement honor will be presented to Steve Sossaman, one of the founding fathers of modern Queen Creek.

Lifetime Achievement: Steve Sossaman is April's Hometown Hero

It’s not hyperbole to say that Steve Sossaman is one of the founding fathers of Queen Creek. With a group of other area leaders, particularly Mark Schnepf of Schnepf Farms, Sossaman helped …
John Rowan

Educator: John Rowan is March’s Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Calling John Rowan a popular teacher is an understatement. About 100 of his students at American Leadership Academy Queen Creek High School at nominated him as a Hometown Hero. The mother of one …
Dr. Daryn McClure is February's Hometown Hero in Queen Creek.

Health Care: Dr. Daryn McClure is February's Hometown Hero

Dr. Daryn McClure knows about hard work and commitment to community. He currently serves as lead physician for the Banner Health Center on Ellsworth Loop Road. He’s also a third generation …
Eric Ehmann, community pastor for the Central Christian Church in Queen Creek.

Queen Creek Hometown Hero for January: Eric Ehmann, Spiritual Leader

This month’s Hometown Hero is Eric Ehmann, community pastor for the Central Christian Church in Queen Creek. For Ehmann, who began at Central Christian Church in 2016, church is more than a …
Thomas Jambor

Cheerleader: Thomas Jambor named December Queen Creek Hometown Hero

You would be hard-pressed to find a better cheerleader for Queen Creek than Thomas Jambor. Jambor has lived in the area even before it became Queen Creek. He looks back on those early years …
Michelle Goss owns and operates Spirit Mountain Healing Center, which is dedicated to using equine therapy to help people through myriad mental health issues.

Traiblazer: Michelle Goss named November Queen Creek hero

After experiencing the benefits personally, Michelle Goss has put her love for horses to work for the betterment of the community. Goss owns and operates Spirit Mountain Healing Center, which is …
The Queen Creek Independent is pleased to announce Ryan Calvert as the October 2021 Hometown Hero bestowed in the category of Volunteer.

Volunteer: Ryan Calvert Named October Queen Creek Hometown Hero

Recovering from a stroke has opened a whole new world for Ryan Calvert. As part of his rehabilitation, Calvert began volunteering at the Queen Creek Botanical Gardens, a local …

Ralston named Hometown Hero for entrepreneurial spirit

Since his formidable years Queen Creek resident Jerome J. Ralston knew he wanted to be in business for himself. “I told my mom that I was going to be a businessman and she just …

Joe Kolnick named Queen Creek Hometown Hero for the month of July!

What do you get when you combine a soccer aficionado with proven servant leadership, deep respect for nature, and a desire to uplift and motivate children for the future betterment of society? The …

Mark Schnepf is June 2021 Queen Creek Hometown Hero for lifetime achievements

With such rapid growth in recent years, it is fitting to take a stroll through the history that has made this place we call Queen Creek. In doing that, one can see the indelible mark that Mark …

May Queen Creek Hometown Hero award goes to local son, Dr. Alexander Matheson

Queen Creek son Dr. Alexander Matheson has called the eastern Maricopa County residential enclave home long before the rural town was transformed into the bustling community it is today. But all …

James Skiotes named April Queen Creek Hometown Hero for tireless community service

In service to the armed forces and later unwavering support of Kiwanis Club of Queen Creek and beyond --- James M. Skiotes is in a class all his own. Working tirelessly to improve the lives of …

Queen Creek Performing Arts Director Molly Jacobs named March Hometown Hero

For countless American youngsters, the performing arts provide a respite from the pressures of school, parents, and, at times, just being a kid. The Queen Creek Performing Arts Center --- under …

Elena Thurston named Queen Creek Hometown Hero for bringing Pride and Joy to community

In the 21st century, a part of modern America, everyone despite public perceptions around color, creed, religious beliefs, or sexual orientation, deserves an advocate and a safe place to go. Based …

Erica Ballesteros named January Hometown Hero for transformational efforts in Queen Creek

When Queen Creek resident and entrepreneur Theresa Weinberg attended the Taking the Leap workshop at the Queen Creek Library last February the passion for innovation was infectious. But one …

Nick Hansen named December Queen Creek Hometown Hero for dedication to community

Nick Hansen, an educator, first responder and entrepreneur, is the December 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero bestowed in the “Emergency Responder” category for his dedication to protecting …

Surprise! Jerry Baca is named November’s Hometown Hero in the Town of Queen Creek

For half a century Queen Creek resident Jerry Baca has been an instrumental part of helping to guide young people to be the best version of themselves --- both on and off the field of …

Pastor Billy VanCamp named October 2020 Hometown Hero of Queen Creek

Pastor Billy VanCamp of the Town of Queen Creek is the October 2020 Hometown Hero bestowed in the category of spiritual leadership. “Pastor Billy lives a life much like those he serves. He …

Small sisters up to big things in the Town of Queen Creek

Independent Newsmedia and the East Valley Institute of Technology congratulate both Alyson and Elyzabeth --- 12-year-old twins who call the Town of Queen Creek home --- as they have been named …

Chris Knutsen named August 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero by Independent Newsmedia

The Superintendent of the Florence Unified School District, Chris Knutsen, has been named the August 2020 Queen Creek Hometown Hero by Independent Newsmedia. Mr. Knutson was nominated by Jeanine …

Adam NeVille is first-ever Queen Creek Hometown Hero!

For more than 15 years Queen Creek resident Adam NeVille has been an integral part of the growth and development of local youngsters in his role as president of the San Tan Youth Football …